• 2017 May 18 10:09

    Oblique icebreaker Baltika breaks ice in the Arctic

    The oblique icebreaker Baltika is serving as a standby vessel at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob, says the ship designer Aker Arctic. In May 2017, Gazprom Neft's Novoportovskoye field reached a significant milestone when the total cumulative oil shipped from the terminal onboard icebreaking shuttle tankers exceeded five million tonnes. Aker Arctic had a significant role in the development of this year-round transportation system.

    Baltika, the world’s first icebreaker with an asymmetric hull that allows icebreaking in ahead and astern directions as well as sideways, has been in service in the Gulf of Ob for almost two years. The vessel, originally designed by Aker Arctic as a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Gulf of Finland, was chartered by Gazprom Neft as an interim standby vessel for the Arctic Gates terminal in 2015 following successful full-scale ice trials in the same region. Alexey Shtrek, who works as Development Manager at Aker Arctic, recently visited Baltika while the vessel was in operation off Cape Kamenny.

    Despite the fact that the vessel was not designed for operation in Arctic ice conditions, icebreaker Baltika has successfully carried out ice management at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob for two consecutive winters. In early May, the thickness of fast ice around the terminal was about 1.6 m which is more than the maximum ice thickness found in the Gulf of Finland.

    When tankers arrive at the Arctic Gates oil terminal – every other day on average – Baltika supports the mooring and loading operations together with the icebreaking supply vessel Vladislav Strizhov. The more maneuverable oblique icebreaker also independently maintains the approach channel and keeps the tanker mooring site near the terminal clean of brash ice. During these ice management operations, the asymmetric vessel can break the frozen edge of the channel with the inclined port side and clear the channel by pushing the brash ice with the vertical starboard side. The ability to use the azimuth propulsion units – two in the stern and one in the bow – to keep the vessel stationary while simultaneously flushing brash ice around the vessel has been highly appreciated by Baltika's master.

    In addition to ice management, Baltika is also used to transfer loading and mooring masters as well as pilots to the tankers. The vessel's standby mission also include continuous readiness for emergency rescue and oil spill response operations.

    While Baltika is acting as an interim standby vessel, Aker Arctic developed the Aker ARC 130 A icebreaker design to support tanker loading operations at the Arctic Gates terminal. Two vessels, Aleksandr Sannikov and Andrei Vertitsky, are under construction at Vyborg Shipyard. These icebreakers, which represent a further development of the Finnish icebreaker Polaris with higher propulsion power and increased ice class, are capable of breaking up to 2 m thick level ice in both ahead and astern directions. They are specifically designed to operate in shallow water and challenging ice conditions such as thick consolidated brash ice.

    Aker Arctic was also involved in the development of the 42,000 DWT shallow-draught icebreaking shuttle tankers that were built specifically to transport oil from the Gulf of Ob to the ice-free port of Murmansk. The lead ship, Shturman Albanov, was recently awarded Ship of the Year 2016 at the international 2017 Marine Propulsion Awards. These Arc7 ice class tankers are based on the double acting ship (DAS) principle developed by Aker Arctic for ships operating primarily without icebreaker assistance in challenging ice conditions. The hull form was developed in co-operation with Samsung Heavy Industries and the development work included five weeks of ice model testing at Aker Arctic's ice laboratory in Helsinki, Finland.

     




2017 September 26

18:26 Port of Gdansk sees record number of cruise ship calls this season
18:06 OCEASOFT’s Cobalt ML3 revolutionizes temperature monitoring for sensitive products during transport
17:54 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 3 cruise ships last week
17:37 US Navy takes delivery of LCS 9 from Fincantieri and Lockheed Martin Corp.
17:19 Sovcomflot takes part in annual NEVA exhibition in St. Petersburg (photo)
17:01 Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments is meeting for its fourth session
16:52 ICS Chairman’s message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping industry focused on serious CO2 emission reduction
16:47 India's Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
16:36 Training for port security officials held in Mexico
16:12 IMS Group purchases OceanSaver assets
16:05 ClassNK announces R&D Roadmap
15:44 Rolls-Royce acquires technology for the electrically-assisted charging of MTU engines
15:29 Albwardy Damen announces Experience Day at its shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, on 28 September
15:25 China workshop discusses oil pollution response
15:06 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:45 SCF Group seafarers commended at Vladivostok
14:24 Hapag-Lloyd recycles three container ships in an environmentally friendly manner
13:59 Warsaw will host Polish LNG Conference on 22-23 November 2017
13:36 OOCL adds Maher Terminal in port rotation, drops call to Colong, Panama on ECX1 service
13:10 RZD Holding arranged regular container transit between Europe and China via the Kaliningrad Region
12:46 MSC Belgium to attend Transport & Logistics fair in Antwerp
12:08 Teekay and Brookfield announce closing of strategic transaction
11:26 81,600dwt newbuilding vessel MV Sakizaya Power joined Wisdom Marine Lines fleet
11:11 RF Government set to ease customs formalities
11:08 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS signs Preferred Supplier Agreement for Triton Knoll OWF
10:48 Hydrotechnika Journal (Media Group PortNews) becomes an official information partner of RWTSTS
10:23 Serbian marines protect WFP merchant vessel Esbjerg
10:17 International Conference “Advanced port fleet - the basis of safety” gathered about 400 participants
10:08 ARC starts HHG Service to Italy
09:31 DPA reports record handling rate in 2016- 2017 in August
09:08 Scorpio Bulkers announces the acquisition of six dry bulk Ultramax vessels
08:13 Kelvin Hughes Australian integration partnership with AMS goes from strength to strength

2017 September 25

18:24 BV joins global industry alliance (GIA)
18:00 Patrol boat of Project 03160 built for RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet by Pella Shipyard completes sea part of state trials (photo)
17:37 Fincantieri delivers "Viking Sun" in Ancona
17:31 APM Terminals improves productivity, costs and flexibility with a win-win labor strategy
17:12 Intermodal terminal operations to be moved to Hisingen in December
16:47 FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore
16:32 General Dynamics secures $5bn U.S. Navy’s contract for ballistic-missile submarine
16:20 Murmansk Region Governor: energy infrastructure for MTH project to be completed by the end of 2019
15:41 Large ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov provided security of Indian tanker’s passage through Gulf of Aden
15:13 Russian and Chinese military seamen practiced rescuing a ship in distress
14:50 Krylov Centre at the 13th International Exhibition & Conference RAO/CIS Offshore 2017
14:25 RF Navy’s ASW ships Onega and Naryan-Mar repelled simulated enemy’s air attack in the White Sea
14:01 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,711 in RF spot market
13:38 Zelenodolsk shipyard launches high-speed passenger ship of Project А145Е for UAE customer
13:04 Damen Shipyards Yichang launches first DT8000 SD, Damen Tanker 8000 Shallow Draft (photo)
12:32 Transocean announces retirement of six floaters
11:30 Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard
11:03 The 28th meeting of the Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee held in Vladivostok
11:00 ABS approves GMS self-elevating drilling unit design
10:29 Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre up and running
10:27 Golden Ocean sells six Ultramax vessels
09:55 Cargo transportation by inland water ways of Russia down to 74.5 mln t in 8M’17
09:33 Brent Crude futures price down 0.21% to $56.3, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $50.52
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,502 points

2017 September 22

18:04 ESL Shipping's second LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel was named Haaga
17:47 Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returned to Sevastopol
17:22 Port of Gdansk throughput up 4% to 25.5 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
16:58 Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) launched the harbor tugboat of Project 04690 (graphics)